Navy History

The deadliest catch: A surgeon’s journey from fisheries to the U.S. Navy

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery It had been a typical day aboard USS Bataan (LHD-5) when word rang out that casualties were inbound via MV-22. Fleet Surgical Team (FST) No. 6, an 18-member mobile augmented readiness unit comprised of surgeons, trauma and ICU nurses, medical techs, a family doc and a psychiatrist, collectively …

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Marking Two Decades of “Frames of Choice”

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery This year the Navy marks an important milestone in the history of military-issue eyewear. Twenty years ago the military’s bespectacled masses were finally freed from the optical burdens of the standard issue. . The S9 (male) and S8 (female) standard issue glasses could be called something of an …

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Remembering Navy Medicine at Normandy

By André B. Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historian On September 27, 2012, Dr. Lee Parker the last surviving Navy physician from the Normandy Invasion died at the age of 95.(1) With his death the public was again reminded that Navy Medicine played an unsung role on June 6th, 1944 in what Gen. Dwight Eisenhower termed the …

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Navy Medical Heroes of Midway

By Andre Sobocinski, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historian June 4, 2017 marks the 75th anniversary of arguably, the most pivotal naval battle in his­tory. The one-day battle re­versed the tide of World War II in the Pacific, six months after Pearl Harbor. Following the Battle of Midway, Japanese Imperial Forces were on the defensive for the remainder …

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10 Notable Moments for Women in Navy Medicine

Editor’s note: Although this blog honors several individuals, there are thousands of remarkable women who contribute to the Navy Medicine mission and continue to make an impact every day. 1942: Navy nurse superintendent Sue Dauser is the first woman in the Navy to serve as a captain. She received her commission in the Navy on Oct. 16, 1917.   Feb. 1, 1943: First female hospital …

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